Read the Co-operative Food's guide to pumpkin types and their statistics charting the rise in popularity of Halloween in Britain...
Although Halloween was invented in Britain, our American neighbours have claimed it as their own. However, we’ve begun to bring it home with 35% of UK consumers splashing out on spooky Halloween products last year. Here’s Co-op's guide for making the most of your Halloween this year...
Halloween vs Bonfire Night
With less than a week between our two Autumnal celebrations, you can see why families tend to celebrate one over the other, but recently the tide has shifted from fireworks and bangers on November 5th, to face masks and apple bobbing on October 31st. In fact, according to our experts, in 2012 UK consumers spent £268m celebrating Halloween compared to £2.1m in 2001!
Then and now
Although pumpkin carving has always been popular in Britain, we’ve now adopted the American traditions of trick & treating, fearsome fancy dress & even ghoulishly themed food. Along with buying fun costumes, which is most popular among our customers aged between 25-34, we’re also stocking our stores with sweet treats, which are most popular with customers aged between 35-44. We’ve got lots of great deals at Co-op to help your pennies to go a bit further. Our Halloween buyers recommend looking out for these treats, all for just £1 each:
- Co-operative Mallow bones (filled with jammy red ‘blood’),
- Gruesome eyeballs
- Spiders nests (foil-wrapped chocolate balls)
- Halloween-themed Chocolate lolly 3-pack
- Also, get a 750g tin of Swizzles - sweet shop favourites for only £4
The difference between squash and pumpkin
Make the most of seasonal squash - snap them up quickly in store and tool up with our Co-operative Pumpkin carving kits which are just £2 but will make light work of even the knobbliest veg!
Large orange pumpkins
Perfect for carving, and some of the prettiest of the bunch (plus their seeds roast up perfectly for snacking). Mostly their flesh is a little bland and watery, best destined for soups and cakes or pies where it can be beefed up with sugar & spices.
The creamy, dense flesh is some of the tastiest of the squash family, and delicious roasted, mashed or stewed. Plus, it’s good value, there’s only a tiny hollow at the bottom unlike many examples, so one can feed a whole family.
Choose your pumpkin wisely – misshapen specimens could make your monster even uglier and the bigger your squash, the easier it will be to carve. Our large pumpkins are available in Co-op stores now at 2 for £5, while stocks last.